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'The Voice' recap: Christina Grimmie pulls ahead

Christina Grimmie performs on Top 10 night of

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“The Voice” Top 10 night was filled with bad ideas.

Let’s start with Blake Shelton tweeting out Adam Levine’s personal cell number. Was it a prank on Blake’s bromance, aka People’s Sexiest Man Alive, part of their ongoing bro-vorce? Or a prank on the viewers? Hard to tell, though Adam did seem upset. Either way, it wasn’t actually funny.

The real bad ideas, though, were many of the song...

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Intro 4.28.14: Videos from Ledisi, Broods, Miguel and more

Ledisi released her new album "The Truth" (Verve)

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Ledisi celebrates her new album “The Truth” at Beacon Theatre Wednesday.

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LEDISI, “I Blame You.” At Beacon Theatre Wednesday.


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'American Idol' recap: Caleb Johnson steady, strong in Top 6 Week

"American Idol" Top 6, from left: Caleb Johnson,

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The hardest part of “American Idol” theme weeks is that the finalists basically have to learn and stage a song within a week. For “Rock and Roll and Country” week, the Top 6 had to learn two songs and the strain showed.

Aside from the ever-solid Caleb Johnson, none of the contenders could handle the pressure. Does that make Caleb the winner? Maybe, though the similarity of his two performances...

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Jones Beach concert lineup: Kings of Leon ready to rock

From left, Matthew Followill, Nathan Folllowill, Jared Followill

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At least, when Kings of Leon performs their his "Sex is on Fire," they will luckily be near the water during their performance at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Aug. 13. KoL is the latest band to join this season's hard-rocking schedule, which includes recent additions Kiss & Def Leppard (Aug. 12) and Aerosmith (July 10).

Tickets for Kings of Leon go on sale at 10 a.m. April 25 through...

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'The Voice' recap: Josh Kaufman leads Top 12

Josh Kaufman performs "Stay With Me" on Top

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“The Voice” finally hits the live shows and the results were, well, mixed.

Theoretically, the main differences between “The Voice” and “American Idol” disappear once both shows hit the live shows, but that’s not true. “The Voice” finalists are much more seasoned and confident on stage and the show’s coaches are far more entertaining and likable than the “Idol” judges. That said, Adam Levine,...

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Intro 4.21.14: Videos from Static Jacks, Baths, Pet Shop Boys and more

The Static Jacks are, from left, Ian Devaney,

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Static Jacks keep their “I’ll Come Back” promise, returning to Glasslands Friday.

Intro brings you the week’s hottest videos and shows every Monday. To catch up on all the Intros and watch classic Long Island music scene videos, check out Newsday Music’s YouTube channel at


STATIC JACKS, “I’ll Come Back.” At Glasslands Friday.HELLOGOODBYE,...

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Coldplay to preview 'Ghost Stories' album with surprise show at Beacon Theatre

Chris Martin speaks during the 29th Rock and

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Call it magic.

Arena rockers Coldplay will preview their upcoming album “Ghost Stories” with a surprise show at the intimate Beacon Theatre on May 5. Because Chris Martin and the guys want the tickets to go to fans, they’re not announcing how to get tickets to the public. They plan to email information to those who sign up for emails on their website

The lead single “Magic”...

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'American Idol' recap: Alex Preston leads Top 7

Alex Preston performs The Police's "Every Breath You

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Usually “American Idol” producers get what they want.

Last season, they wanted a female winner and they did everything in their power to make it happen. This season, they want teen heartthrob Sam Woolf to happen, a tall order considering his inexperience. Barring that, they clearly want a showdown between Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene, the two power singers.

The thing is Alex Preston...

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Jay Z, Beyoncé tour possibly in the works, reports say

Beyonce and Jay Z open the 56th Grammy

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Is it time for a Mr. & Mrs. Carter Tour? Maybe!

Jay Z and Beyoncé are reportedly planning a quick, 20-date summer tour, including a possible stop at a New York stadium on July 4, according to the New York Post. No word from Jay or Bey's camps or the Yankees, who would have to host the show since the Mets have a homestand against the Rangers at Citi Field that weekend.

A short, co-headlining...

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'American Idol' tour set for Nassau Coliseum

"American Idol" top 10 contestants, clockwise from left:

(Credit: Fox / Michael Becker)

While this season of “American Idol” is still pretty much up for grabs, the “American Idol Live” tour featuring the Top 10 finalists is already set, including a July 11 stop at Nassau Coliseum.

The Season 13 tour kicks off in Binghamton, N.Y., on June 24 and runs through Aug. 23 in Redmond, Wash. Tickets go on sale May 9 through

Will a star emerge from this year’s...

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